Attractions

Museum in Richmond

Museum of the Confederacy

This museum was once a shrine to the Southern 'Lost Cause,' and still attracts a fair degree of neo-Confederate types. But the MOC has also graduated into a respected educational institution, and its collection of C…
Museum in Richmond

American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar

Located in an 1861 gun foundry, this fascinating site explores the causes and course of the Civil War from the perspectives of Union, Confederate and African American experiences. Next door is a free site run by the…
Memorial in Richmond

Virginia War Memorial

The Virginia War Memorial, dedicated to all branches of service who served in all theaters of American combat since World War II, is an impressive structure. A large glass fronting overlooks the James River, and beh…
Cemetery in Richmond

Hollywood Cemetery

This tranquil cemetery, perched above the James River rapids, contains the gravesites of two US presidents (James Monroe and John Tyler), the only Confederate president (Jefferson Davis) and 18,000 Confederate soldi…
Church in Richmond

St John's Episcopal Church

It was here that firebrand Patrick Henry uttered his famous battle cry – 'Give me Liberty, or give me Death!' – during the rebellious 1775 Second Virginia Convention. His speech is reenacted from 1pm to 3pm on Sunda…
Museum in Richmond

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Has a remarkable collection of European works, sacred Himalayan art and one of the largest Fabergé egg collections on display outside Russia. Also hosts excellent temporary exhibitions (admission ranges from free to…
Historic Site in Richmond

White House of the Confederacy

While this was once a shrine to the Southern 'Lost Cause,' the Confederate White House is recommended for its quirky insights (did you know the second-most powerful man in the Confederacy may have been a gay Jew?).
Notable Building in Richmond

Virginia State Capitol

Designed by Thomas Jefferson, the capitol building was completed in 1788 and houses the oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere – the Virginia General Assembly, established in 1619. Free tours available.
Museum in Richmond

Virginia Historical Society

The VHS is looking grander than ever following a multi-million-dollar renovation. Changing and permanent exhibits trace the history of the Commonwealth from prehistoric to present times.
Museum in Richmond

Poe Museum

Contains the world's largest collection of manuscripts and memorabilia of poet Edgar Allan Poe, who lived and worked in Richmond.